Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) also referred to as Lupus is a disease that occurs when your body's immune system attacks your own tissues and organs (autoimmune disease). including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs.

The signs and symptoms of lupus that you may experience will depend on which body systems are affected by the disease. Common signs and symptoms include:

  • Fatigue 
  • Low Grade Fever
  • Joint or muscle pain and stiffness 
  • Butterfly-shaped malar rash on the face that covers the cheeks and bridge of the nose or rashes elsewhere on the body
  • Photosensitivity skin rash that appears or worsens with UV light exposure
  • Fingers and/or  toes that turn white or blue when exposed to cold or during stressful periods (Raynaud’s disease)
  •  Sores in Mouth or Nose
  • Hair Loss
  • Headaches

These symptoms can range from mild to severe, and they may be transient or permanent. Most people with lupus may experience episodic flares, when signs and symptoms get worse for a while, then improve over time.

Inflammation caused by Lupus can affect many different body systems including these Major Organs :

  • Kidneys. Lupus  may cause blood or protein  in urine with swelling of legs and result in progressive kidney damage and/or kidney failure.
  • Brain and central nervous system. If the brain is affected by lupus, this may cause headaches, dizziness, behavior changes, and may result in stroke or seizure.
  •  Blood and blood vessels. Lupus may lead to blood problems, including anemia, low white blood cell count or low platelets. It may cause increased risk of bruising/ bleeding. It may also be associated with increased risk of blood clots. It may also cause inflammation of the blood vessels.
  • Lungs. Having lupus increases your chance of developing inflammation of the chest cavity lining, with painful breathing. Risk of pneumonia may also be increased.
  • Heart. Lupus may cause inflammation of your heart muscle, your arteries or the lining of your heart. The risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attack may also be increased.

An Early Diagnosis is Critical for Preventing the Serious Long Term Consequences of Lupus. 

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If you are experiencing unexplained symptoms and are concerned if this could be related to an Autoimmune Connective Tissue Disease such as Lupus, contact Dr Veena Nayak, M.D. Board Certified Rheumatologist at Southland Rheumatology Center.

We will complete a thorough clinical evaluation, with state-of-the-art diagnostic blood tests and imaging to accurately diagnose your condition. We will utilize an integrative approach targeted to treat your condition and prevent further organ damage.

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